My parents moved to Hong Kong in the late 1970’s, before the MTR was open (imagine!) and the route to Shatin was a one track dirt road… Initially for a two year contract they stayed almost thirty years.
I came along a few years later and spent my early life & teens on the South Side of Hong Kong Island. Even that little enclave of Hong Kong was very different then to how it is now.
After Uni I settled (losoe use of the term) in London for 12 years before moving back here in October 2017. I spend most of my free weekends exploring Hong Kong; the urban, and the rural – it’s so damn beautiful & interesting.
Hong Kong is roughly 75% countryside, and even the main towns seem like their own little cities with differing histories & atmospheres. Despite feeling like I know Hong Kong like the back of my hand (perhaps more so!) it constantly continues to surprise me with its quirkiness, beauty, and warmth; put a smile out there.. see what you get back! Below are just a few blogs I’ve written about some of my favourite experiences.
I also wrote a post about my first few weeks of landing back in the Hong Kong Homeland.
Abandoned Hakka villages Hiking/walking (depending on where you end the trail!) A really beautiful & interesting trail through Luk Keng, Kuk Po, Fung Hang, Yung Shue Au, So Lo Pun & Lai Chi Wo
Tai Wai – Tai Mei Tuk Cycling: Flat, diverse & well signposted 20km route. My favourite pedal so far!
Yuen Long Villages Cycling through farmlands & villages in the Northwest New Territories
(also Nam Sang Wai – very easy, beautiful cycle ride – lots of birds & a little forest of sorts!)
Walled villages & farmlands Cycling around Sheung Shui, Fan Ling & Sha Tau Kok; villages in the Northeast New Territories
Sharp Island & Tap Mun/Grass Island Sai Kung – Walking, exploring & swimming!
Tai Po Market Walk around one of Hong Kong’s most interesting historical areas
Scuba Diving in Hong Kong. Yes you can, and it’s better than you think!
Lion Rock – Written by my friend Barbara. We met through this article I after I found it online and got in touch! This route cuts out the long boring walk from Wong Tai Sin Temple. She also runs Yoga B practicing in Yau Ma Tei. I absolutely love, and recommend her classes, focusing on all aspects of Yoga. Come join!
Ma On Shan – Sai Kung (beautiful easyish hike, 2 hours?)
Hong Kong Island
Pok Fu Lam Village – A small historical village perched on the hillside of Hong Kong Island.
Okay, so I’ve done a lot more exploring on the Island.. I guess I should write about it! But in the meantime there’s a wealth of info on the net.. I would recommend the following hikes! (google is your friend)
Violet Hill/The Twins
Sir Cecil’s Ride
Pok Fu Lam – Aberdeen
The Peak (my birthplace, walk up to it! A pilgrimage of sorts?)
Same as above…
Tai O Fishing Village (Lantau)
Tung Lung Chau (opposite Clearwater Bay – take a ferry from Sai Wan Ho (Sat/Sun/PH) apparently great for rock climbing – old fort/ancient rock carving! Beautiful island)
Tung Ping Chau (North – East of Hong Kong, incredible rock formations.. 1.5 hour ferry from University Station. Only Sat/Sun/PH, 9am ferry out, 5:30 ferry back)
Cheung Chau <– GO GO GO!!
Given my imminent move back to HK it was fascinating answering questions that forced me to delve back into my teens and how I first felt arriving in the UK, how I adapted and what I thought about this island and its inhabitants…
I also did a short interview with Third Culture